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Biographical entry Gunn, Ronald Campbell (1808 - 1881)

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Born
4 April 1808
Cape Colony, South Africa
Died
13 March 1881
Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Botanical collector and Botanist

Summary

Ronald Gunn was a colonial public servant and politician who also had an interest in botany. From 1842-1849 he was editor of the "Tasmanian Journal of Natural Science" and was a plant collector for many years for Sir William Jackson Hooker, as well as his son, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker. He assisted Joseph Hooker in sending plant collections (gathered in Tasmania and New Zealand during the 1839-1843 Antarctic expedition) to Kew Gardens. Ronald Gunn is commemorated in Eucalytpus gunnii, which Joseph Dalton named in his honour in 1844.

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Events

1844
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus gunnii Hook.f. was named in Gunn's honour

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Ronald Campbell Gunn - Records, ML MSS 1180; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Ronald Campbell Gunn - Records, 1825 - 1828, MS Q571; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Ronald Campbell Gunn - Records, 1859 - 1860, MS Q167; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Charles Gould - Records, 1865 - 1870, MS 162; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Community History Collection

  • Ronald Campbell Gunn - Records, 1800 - 1850; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Community History Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Buchanan, A. M., The Tasmanian Collecting Localities of Ronald Gunn and Joseph Milligan, Tasmanian Herbarium, Hobart, 1988, 56 pp. Details
  • Burns, T. E. and Skemp, J. R., Van Diemen's Land correspondents: letters from R. C. Gunn, R. W. Lawrence, Jorgen Jorgenson, Sir John Franklin and others to Sir William Hooker, 1827 - 1849, Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, 1961, 142 pp. Details
  • Willis, J.H., Botanical Pioneers in Victoria, Victorian Naturalist, vol. 66, [Brown Pier Anderson], [Melbourne], 1949, 19 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Burns, T. E.; Skemp, J. R., 'Gunn, Ronald Campbell (1808-1881), botanist, public servant and politician', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966, pp. 492-493. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010448b.htm. Details
  • Lucas, A. M., 'Ronald Campbell Gunn, 1808-1881', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details

Conference Papers

  • Buchanan, A.M., 'Ronald Campbell Gunn 1808-1881', in Short, P.S. (ed.), History of Systematic Botany in Australasia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the University of Melbourne, 25-27 May 1988, Australian Systematic Botany Society, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 179-192. Details

Edited Books

  • Davis, William E. (ed.), Early Tasmanian Ornithology: the Correspondence of Ronald Gunn and James Grant, 1836-1838, Nuttall Ornithological Club, Cambridge, MA, 2009, 263 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Balaam, Violet E., 'Ronald Campbell Gunn', Victorian Naturalist, vol. 82, no. 3, 1965, pp. 90-91. Details
  • Blackwood, Lynette, 'The contribution of Ronald Campbell Gunn to our knowledge of the flora and fauna of Tasmania', La Trobeana, vol. 11, no. 3, 2012, pp. 30-6. Details
  • Earp, Clem, '"A Correspondence Long Interrupted": Ronald Gunn Re-establishes Contact with Joseph Hooker in 1870', The Victorian Naturalist, vol. 131, no. 6, 2014, pp. 204-6. Details
  • Endersby, J., '"From having no herbarium." Local knowledge versus metropolitan expertise: Joseph Hooker's Australasian correspondence with William Colenso and Ronald Gunn', Pacific science, vol. 55, no. 4, 2001, pp. 343-58. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Tasmanian Botanists', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1909, pp. 9-29. Details
  • Reynolds, J., 'Ronald Campbell Gunn', Tasmanian Naturalist, vol. 1, 1926. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.